Richard Hernandez is the Director of Outreach at St. Francis Catholic Church. Part of his responsibilities include working with volunteers in the Steps and Breakfast Ministry which is a parish supported program that shelters 16 homeless men and women nightly 365 days of the year. Richard also works with many other non-profit organizations that assist the poor and needy and act as their advocates to insure their rights are protected.

“There is no justification for homelessness.” Pope Francis

Richard is a Mercy Pedaler and president of the Mercy Pedaler board. Mercy Pedalers are bicyclists and tricyclists reaching out to men and women experiencing homelessness on Sacramento streets. For Richard it is an honor to meet so many homeless men and women who want to feel valued and appreciated. “By peddling around, stopping, introducing myself, I have the opportunity of making an invisible person visible. It is an incredible feeling of personal satisfaction and worth.”

As for the importance of Joshua’s House, Richard notes, “Human life is sacred and dignity of the human person will be ever present at Joshua’s House for all to cherish.”